This paper provides an overview of the challenges facing Australia’s freight networks and the actions needed to arrest the decline in our trade competitiveness. It makes the case that to meet the growing demand for goods across the country and internationally, we need more sophisticated mechanisms to capture reliable data to accurately understand where the pinch points, bottlenecks and breakdowns are across the supply chain. That is why the paper’s major recommendation calls for the establishment of an independent freight body, termed ‘Freight Performance Australia’.
The December quarter of the Australian Infrastructure Metric – produced by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and BIS Oxford Economics – shows total civil construction work won spike to its highest level since the Metric began; driven by record transport investment – with major road and rail contracts signed – but also helped by a more modest recovery that sees mining infrastructure at its highest level since March 2014.
The September quarter of the Australian Infrastructure Metric – produced by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and BIS Oxford Economics - shows that civil construction work won fell compared to the previous quarter, with decreases in civil construction activity in both mining and non-mining sectors. The transport sector, which remains the key driver of total civil work won, saw a significant fall following the spike in railway investment in the June quarter.
The IPA Australian Travel Time Metric uses Uber’s anonymised journey data to index road transport performance, across each of the four major capital cities.
IPA ranks Australia’s governments by measuring and comparing infrastructure funding levels, as a share of each government’s total budget expenditure.
The 2017 Australian Infrastructure Investment Report shows continuing appetite and focus on infrastructure opportunities – but shows with clarity that Australia’s solid reputation as an infrastructure investment destination is being eroded, as investors take stock of increasingly unpredictable political interventions, perpetrated by national and state governments.
Automated and Driverless Vehicles (AV/DVs) offer the prospect of positive and fundamental changes to the way Australia’s cities work and how people utilise transport. Our paper identifies three generalised approaches for policymakers to the prospect of AVs.
The June quarter of the Australian Infrastructure Metric – produced by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and BIS Oxford Economics - shows civil construction work won increase compared to the previous quarter, but remain below the long-run average.
The March 2017 quarter saw the Australian Infrastructure Metric headline result fall as a result of the retreat in investment across non-mining sectors with only a slight increase in work won in the mining sector. Total work won in infrastructure continues its fluctuating trend since December 2015, mainly driven by activity in the transport sector as the mining sector remains subdued.
The December 2016 quarter saw civil construction activity strengthen significantly following the subdued performance in the September 2016 quarter, driven by solid transport and utilities work won, as both sectors surged above their respective long-run trends.
This report summarises the long term price performance of electricity networks or ‘poles and wires’ businesses in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
The September quarter saw activity weaken significantly following a strong performance in the previous quarter.